Chief Master Sgt. Patrick O. Armstrong is the command chief master sergeant of the 182nd Airlift Wing. He is responsible for advising the wing commander and other senior leadership on vital matters impacting the wing’s enlisted force in regard to mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, health, morale and welfare.
Chief Armstrong began his military career in 1989 by enlisting in the Illinois Air National Guard as a security policeman. In 1998, he was selected to attend the Air Mobility Command Phoenix Raven Qualification Course. He was awarded a special experience identifier and the Phoenix Raven identifier number 307 upon graduation. In 2000, Chief Armstrong transitioned to the 182nd Services Flight as the Prime Readiness in Base Services manager and superintendent. He was directly responsible for the oversight of the food service operation, unit readiness and the wing lodging program. Chief Armstrong deployed as the services superintendent for the 486th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Minhad Air Base, United Arab Emirates. He also led the initial services support package during the initial base bed-down phase of the deployment. The 486th Services Squadron executed 100 percent of its mission tasks, and the wing was awarded the Outstanding Unit Award.
In 2007, Chief Armstrong successfully led the pilot Fatality, Search and Recovery Team for the ANG. He helped develop the operational doctrine now embedded within the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive, Enhanced Response Package, ensuring they were capable of responding to disasters ranging from natural, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear. Chief Armstrong has mobilized in support of Operations Desert Strom, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his current position, the chief served was the superintendent, 182nd Force Support Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois.
1993 NCO Academy Prep Course, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2001 NCO Academy, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2002 USAF Senior NCO Academy, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Chiefs Executive Course, ANG Senior Enlisted Leader Management Office, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2014 Command Chief Orientation Course, ANG Senior Enlisted Leader Management Office, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
2016 Defense Support of Civil Authorities Phase I Course, Joint Knowledge Online, by correspondence
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, National Defense University, Washington, by correspondence
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, National Defense University, Washington, by correspondence
2017 Contemporary Base Issues Course, ANG Judge Advocate General Corps, Mountain View, Calif.
1. June 1989–July 1997, Security Policeman, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
2. July 1997–August 2000, Phoenix Raven, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
3. August 2000–January 2003, NCO in Charge, 182nd Services Flight, Peoria, Ill.
4. January 2003–March 2009, Superintendent, 182nd Services Flight, Peoria, Ill.
5. March 2009–April 2014, Superintendent, 182nd Force Support Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
6. April 2014–Present, Command Chief, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “14” device
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Sergeants Association (lifetime member)
Air Force Services Society (lifetime member)
Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeants Alumni Association (lifetime member)
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (lifetime member)
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Sept. 28, 1989
Airman First Class Aug. 4, 1990
Senior Airman Feb. 15, 1991
Staff Sergeant April 1, 1995
Technical Sergeant July 13, 1999
Master Sergeant July 16, 2001
Senior Master Sergeant Aug. 4, 2003
Chief Master Sergeant Aug. 7, 2007
(Current as of February 2018)